A Network For Good in Robeson County

September 26, 2018
Christopher McGown | christopher.mcgown@uss.salvationarmy.org | (502) 777-6640

A Network For Good in Robeson County

Lumberton, NC (September 26, 2018) – The line stretched back at least 20 vehicles.  Box trucks, cargo vans, passenger vans (seats removed), even a tow truck and quite a few pick-up trucks; but no cars…not a one.   No, this is about neighbors helping neighbors.

The line of vehicles was made up of representatives from neighborhood churches and community centers throughout Robeson County and ended alongside a 53-foot-long refrigerated tractor trailer.  The Salvation Army was distributing much needed frozen food to these groups, who together form a network for good. 

Robeson County in southcentral North Carolina has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the poorest counties in the United States.  But what is lacked in financial resources, is make up for in compassion; truly, genuine love for your neighbor.

Each group received a selection of food including proteins, vegetables, starches, and even some desserts or snacks.  Most of the food was fully cooked, which can be very important for those still struggling to recover from the wide-spread flooding when kitchens may not yet be ready to cook.  The individual groups then go back to their neighborhoods, divide the load into family portions and distribute it -- sometimes going door-to-door, making sure to check on the elderly and shut-ins.

The Salvation Army is working with community partners to quickly distribute food resources, leveraging natural networks to meet the need effectively and efficiently.  “Working with community partners is natural for The Salvation Army,” said Major Tim Grider.  Grider is the Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s disaster response in and around Robeson County.  New to the community, Grider and his wife share the load of leadership for The Salvation Army’s mission in Fayetteville and four surrounding counties, including Robeson.  “The Salvation Army wants to use resources wisely, so we strive to complement existing services to fill unmet or under-met needs.”

Loaded down and headed to share, a honk of from a box truck as it pulled off was returned with a short wave and quick prayer of thanks as the next vehicle pulled up.

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